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Visa and Work Permit Services

Safeguard your employment status and obtain or renew your visa and work permit with our expert guidance.

Thailand has specific visa and work permit regulations that foreign nationals must adhere to when seeking employment in the country. Since immigration policies in Thailand are subject to change, it’s essential to verify the latest information from official sources or consult with the Thai immigration authorities for the most up-to-date details.

Visas:

In Thailand, a variety of visa types are available, but AO focuses on supporting clients with the 2 primary visa categories that allow persons the right to work in Thailand:

  • the Non-Immigrant B visa; and,

  • the Long-Term Resident (LTR) visa.

This ensures a smooth and problem-free experience for our clients who wish to work and live in Thailand.

Non-Immigrant B Visa:

If your plans involve participating in business-related endeavors, such as being employed by a Thai company, AO can support you in the application process for a Non-Immigrant B visa.

This type of visa is frequently utilised by international individuals who have received employment offers from Thai companies or those desiring to engage in work within Thailand. Moreover, it is a requisite for individuals engaged in various business activities like attending meetings, conferences, or negotiations.

The initial validity period of a Non-Immigrant B visa is typically around 90 days, and one-year extensions (as well as short-term extensions) can be applied for within Thailand at the Immigration Bureau.

Long-Term Resident (LTR) Visa:

In August 2022, Thailand introduced a new 10-year visa called the “Long-Term Resident (LTR) Visa” which is a program that provides a range of tax and non-tax benefits to enhance the country’s attractiveness as a regional hub for living and doing business for ‘high-potential’ foreigners.

There are many privileges for LTR visa holders that make long-term living in Thailand easier and less bureaucratic. These privileges include:

Exemption from Thai Personal Income Tax on foreign source income remitted into Thailand, discounted personal income tax rate (depending on the category of LTR), the removal of the requirement for employers to hire four Thai citizens per foreigner to support a work permit, fast track at international airports, 1 year reporting to Immigration instead of 90 days, and the overall ease of regulations concerning foreign residents.

The LTR Visa program makes Thailand more attractive for ‘high-potential’ foreigners wishing to obtain a work permit that allows them to work for an employer wishing to hire them or to establish their own consultancy/company in which they can work.  While the employers’ process for hiring high-potential foreigners has become easier and the hiring of these  foreign experts will strengthen the private business sector of Thailand.

 

Eligible Applicants for Long-Term Resident (LTR) Visa

The following groups are eligible to apply for the Long-Term Resident (LTR) visa.

High-income foreign individuals (“Wealthy Global Citizens” category):

  • High earners must have proof of personal income of at least USD 80,000 annually during the period of 2 years prior to the application date.
  • Must have at least 1 million USD in assets.
  • Must have an investment of at least USD 500,000 in Thai government bonds, foreign direct investment or Thai property.
  • Must present a health insurance policycovering medical expenses in Thailand no less than USD 50,000. The remaining coverage period shall not be less than 10 months on the date of the application, OR provide evidence of savings of at least USD 100,000 held in a Thai or overseas bank account for no less than 12 months before the date of application.

 

Foreign seniors/retirees (“Wealthy Pensioners” category):

  • High earners must have proof of personal “passive” income of at least USD 80,000 annually at the time of application. Passive income includes: pension, rental, interest, dividend, etc. (cannot include salary for Wealthy Pensioners applicants).
  • In case of having personal passive income only between USD 40,000 to USD 80,000 per year, the applicant must invest at least USD 250,000 in Thai government bonds, foreign direct invest, or Thai property.
  • Must present a health insurance policycovering medical expenses in Thailand no less than USD 50,000. The remaining coverage period shall not be less than 10 months on the date of the application, OR provide evidence of savings of at least USD 100,000 held in a Thai or overseas bank account for no less than 12 months before the date of application. 

 

Foreigners intending to work remotely from Thailand (“Work-from-Thailand Professionals” category):

  • Must produce an employment contract or service agreement entered with business in Thailand or abroad.
  • Foreign specialists must show proof of work experience in one of the targeted industries for a minimum of 5 years performed within 10 years of the application date.
  • The current employer must be a public company on stock exchange or private company in operation for at least 3 years with combined revenue of at least USD 150 million in the last 3 years.
  • Personal income of a minimum of 80,000 USD/year in the past 2 years.
  • In case of having personal income only between USD 40,000 to USD 80,000 per year in the part 2 years, the applicant must have a Master’s degree or above or own intellectual property or receive Series A funding of no less than USD 1 million.
  • Must present a health insurance policycovering medical expenses in Thailand no less than USD 50,000. The remaining coverage period shall not be less than 10 months on the date of the application, OR provide evidence of savings of at least USD 100,000 held in a Thai or overseas bank account for no less than 12 months before the date of application.

 

Foreign professionals with “special” skills (“Highly-Skilled Professionals” category):

  • Must produce an employment contract or service agreement entered with business in Thailand or abroad.
  • Foreign specialists must show proof of work experience in one of the targeted industries for a minimum of 5 years except for applicants with a PhD or above in relevant fields.
  • Personal income of a minimum of 80,000 USD/year in the past 2 years.
  • In case of having personal income only between USD 40,000 to USD 80,000/ year in the past 2 years or before retirement, the applicant must have a Master’s degree or above in science and technology or special expertise relevant to the job assignment in Thailand.
  • No minimum income requirement for foreign workers who intend to conduct work in government higher educational institutions, research centers, specialized training centers, or government agencies.
  • Must present a health insurance policycovering medical expenses in Thailand no less than USD 50,000. The remaining coverage period shall not be less than 10 months on the date of the application, OR provide evidence of savings of at least USD 100,000 held in a Thai or overseas bank account for no less than 12 months before the date of application.

 

Work Permit:

For those planning to work or engage in business activities in Thailand, the Non-Immigrant B Visa and the work permit are intricately connected and typically obtained in tandem. The usual process involves obtaining a Non-Immigrant B Visa initially from a Thai Embassy or Consulate abroad, granting entry into Thailand for business or employment purposes. Once in the country, the visa holder, with the employer’s support, is required to apply for a work permit through the Department of Employment within the Ministry of Labour.

The work permit application necessitates the submission of various documents, including the Non-Immigrant B Visa, employment contract, passport copies, educational certificates, health certificates, and other pertinent records. Notably, the work permit is job and employer-specific, and any change in employment may require obtaining a new work permit.

Understanding the dynamic relationship between the Non-Immigrant B Visa and the work permit is crucial for those intending to work in Thailand. Failing to secure the necessary work permit can lead to legal repercussions, such as fines, imprisonment &/or deportation. With AO’s assistance, we provide assurance that your employment in Thailand is in full compliance with legal requirements.

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Khun Chuanpit is a Certified Lawyer and Notary Public who heads our legal services team that assists our clients in ensuring proper corporate set-ups and legal compliance. She joined AO in 2012 and holds her law degree from Ramkhamhaeng University. She also has an MBA from the University of Waikato in New Zealand and an Accounting Bachelor’s degree from Srinakarinwirot University.‍

Khun Chuanpit plays a key role in assisting clients with company formation and registration of business licenses and BOI applications. She also handles our clients’ corporate secretarial, visas and work permits, ongoing BOI compliance and other regulatory reporting.

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